More than half of the memos former FBI chief James Comey wrote as personal recollections of his conversations with President Trump about the Russia investigation have been determined to contain classified information, according to interviews with officials familiar with the documents.
This revelation raises the possibility that Comey broke his own agency’s rules and ignored the same security protocol that he publicly criticized Hillary Clinton for in the waning days of the 2016 presidential election.
Comey testified last month he considered the memos to be personal documents and that he shared at least one of them with a Columbia University lawyer friend. He asked that lawyer to leak information from one memo to the news media in hopes of increasing pressure to get a special prosecutor named in the Russia case after Comey was fired as FBI director.
“So you didn’t consider your memo or your sense of that conversation to be a government document?,” Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) asked Comey on June 8. “You considered it to be, somehow, your own personal document that you could share to the media as you wanted through a friend?”
“Correct,” Comey answered. “I understood this to be my recollection recorded of my conversation with the president. As a private citizen, I thought it important to get it out.”
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Perhaps Comey determined he had no criminal intent so anything he leaked was OK.
It seems as though breaking the law was SOP for the previous administration. And now someone just dumped over 28,000 Hillary emails online. Are they ones that have already been published or could they be new ones, possibly the deleted ones?
D’Oh. Of course his notes were classified. You could look it up. The thinking and planning of senior officials is of great interest to our foes.
No markings are needed. The rubber stamp does not make the document classified. The content does the job.